John Gerassi collection of Jean-Paul Sartre
Scope and Contents
As detailed in Gerassi's biography, Sartre was a close friend of Gerassi's parents, Fernando and Stepha. As an adult, Gerassi's friendship with Sartre continued. Sartre eventually asked Gerassi to write his biography and agreed to a series of interviews recorded between 1970-1974. A companion series of interviews with Sartre's friends, contemporaries, and enemies was made in 1973. These interviews comprise Series I. Interviews , which consists of transcripts. The original audiotapes, along with duplicates made on Ampex reel-to-reel tape, are stored with Restricted Materials. In a few cases where a transcript was not received, the original recording is cited. Specific omissions include:
No transcript received for: Sartre interview #3, Part I; "Sartre interview for Ramparts", 1971 Apr 22; Simone de Beauvoir interviews, 1973 May 14 and Nov 15; Troupe Matthews interview, 1985 May 2;
No original tape received for: Francis Jeanson interview, 1973 Nov 13-14; Claude Morgan interview, 1973 Jun 6; David Rousset interview, 1973 Mar 14
No Sartre interview #7 exists, due to an original miscount.
Audio duplicates have been made for all of the interviews. [They will be made available on audio CDs for consultation in the Beinecke Library.]
Series II, Other Papers , includes notes and drafts prepared by Sartre for a series of lectures prepared for the Gramsci Insitute in Rome in 1964. These notes were typed by Arlette Elkaim. Sartre then reworked these notes into a book-length manuscript, which was typed by the publishing house Gallimard in 1964. This typescript original, uncorrected, was later returned to Sartre, who gave it to John Gerassi.
The collection also includes notes on ethics, stretching to 800 manuscript pages, prepared for a course proposed for Cornell University in 1965. These notes are unpaginated and have been kept in the order in which they were received in 5 folders according to placement in original binders. Sartre did not come to Cornell in protest of the US bombing of North Vietnam. Sartre later gave these materials to Gerassi.
Series II also contains "Sartre's reading in Youth", an annotated list by Sartre of books he read at specific periods of his life. This list was made by Sartre at Gerassi's request.
This series concludes with notes from Gerassi about the origin and content of the collection, as well as the original folders in which the material was received.
- 1964 - 1998
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 8-13 (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Use copies of audiotapes have been created for consultation. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Existence and Location of Copies
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
6.5 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
Language of Materials
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905-1980)
- Aron, Raymond, 1905-1983 -- Interviews
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors, French -- 20th Century
- Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986 -- Interviews
- Elkaïm-Sartre, Arlette -- Interviews
- Gerassi, John
- Lanzmann, Claude, 1925- -- Interviews
- Philosophers -- France
- Pontalis, J.-B., 1924-2013 -- Interviews
- Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980 -- Interviews
- Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980 -- Friends and associates
- Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980
- Sound recordings
- Guide to the John Gerassi Collection of Jean-Paul Sartre
- Under Revision
- by Timothy G. Young
- June 1999
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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